Mom arrested after children die in blaze

2011-08-20 10:10

The mother of two young children who died in a shack fire in Nyanga has been arrested, Cape Town Fire and Rescue Services said today.

Spokesperson Wilfred Solomons-Johannes said it was unclear why the 49-year-old woman was arrested.

A six-year-old girl and her two-year-old brother were killed when the wood-and-iron structure in which they were living was gutted last night.

A family member said the mother was apparently at a shebeen when the fire broke out.

Four people were displaced as a result of the fire.

Solomons-Johannes said the Red Cross and City of Cape Town’s Disaster Management were assisting those affected by the fire.

The cause of the fire is not yet known, he said.

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